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Quick + Dirty Design Tips: After Effects

Nov 08 2016

Sometimes you need to cut to the chase. A deadline is looming and there's no time to luxuriate in lessons from your go-to experts. You need bite-sized tutorials to beef up your skills, one morsel at a time. If you're looking for help with After Effects, today's your lucky day.

After Effects is one of my favorite prototyping tools. I use it to animate web and mobile interactions, or to demonstrate physical interactions by augmenting UI and sound over video footage.

AE is super powerful, but has a deep and twisty interface with lots of corners to navigate. The timeline is one of its most daunting aspects. Things can escalate quickly, and before you know it, your project is a labyrinth of layers, expressions, effects, and comps. Here are a few tips to help you find your way.

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  • Tom Kershaw

    Senior Interaction Designer, IDEO Cambridge
    With a background in graphic design, interaction design and photography, Tom feels most at home exploring the magic space between storytelling, user experience and technology.